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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Crock Pot Applesauce

Wow. Today's weather was absolutely GORGEOUS!! Summer has definitely been over-staying it's welcome but I think Autumn is finally stepping in!

The sun was warm, golden and and the air was crisp and fresh. So it wasn't all out chilled (which I would have LOVED) but we're getting there.

This morning, as I sat and sipped my coffee, relishing the cool early day air caressing my cheeks from the open windows, I suddenly had the urge to make some type of comfort Fall-ish food.   What better than some homemade applesauce? I pulled up the recipe for it that I just pinned days ago on Pinterest, then the kids and I rushed out to the store to get our ingredients.

I will admit, I HATE peeling apples. Like seriously HATE it, but for anything apple, I'll suffer through it. And next time I may just double my peeling and fire up BOTH crock pots becuz even though I peeled and chopped up 20 smallish apples, it still cooks down a LOT in the crock pot. My changes/adaptions are in italics.

I want more applesauce!

Serving Size: 12
Size: 1/4 cup

Ingredients:
20-ish small apples (the original recipe calls for 8 medium apples. SO not enough!)
1 strip of lemon peel (use the vegetable peeler)
1 tsp fresh lemon juice (I really just guestimated and squeezed like half a lemon in)
5 tsp brown sugar
cinnamon (again, I don't measure, so maybe it was like 2-4 tsp?)

Directions:

1. Peel, core and chop the apples.
2. Add the sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice and cinnamon.
3. Set crock pot to low and cook for 6 hours. (I ended up only needing about 5 hours). Stir apples occasionally.  Use an immersion blender OR let applesauce cool and blend in your blender (this is what I did, since I don't have an immersion blender).
4. Can it however you normally would! Since we will be eating this up quick, it's in our fridge. But the next batch I will can it for sure!

YUMMY!!!!

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